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So for those of you who don't know (I say that like people read this), I've been substitute teaching at my high school. I've been a long term sub, filling in for a math teacher who resigned. I actually have kind of a cushy job, as I only have to teach 3 classes, as opposed to the regular six. The other 3 periods are filled by two other teachers who happen to be free those periods. I teach two classes of Algebra and one Alg/Geo class which is the low level freshman class.

Now, all that long lead in is so I can babble about my frustrations. I really do like my Algebra classes, as I've done some fun real-world stuff with slope-intercept. My Alg/Geo class is a struggle as I end up playing disciplinarian more than teaching. In both cases though, I question my effectiveness as a teacher. Yes, I'm new at the job, but looking through the grades and quizzes, I'm realizing either I'm a crappy teacher, moving too fast, or something else along those lines. The cynic in me thinks I only have 7 more days of teaching left, so who cares? The other part of me though is afraid I've done these students a dis-service (sp?), rather than helping them. I'm probably better than the alternatives they had of bringing in a non-math sub, but my lack of formal training in education is rather apparent. I think my pace would work if I had had the kids from the beginning but their past teacher crippled them. Oh well . . . .

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moo

(Anonymous)
Formal training is bunk. You probably already know what qualities make a good teacher. Simply follow those and you should be fine. Dominant educational theory is highly ineffective in producing independent thinkers.

Heh, want me to teach a class for you (not that it would do anything since I wouldn't really know any of your students)?

Why am I the only person who posts here? You should get more LJ friends.

Also, higher ed is disappointing, all people care about is research.

--Tony (http://www.aypwip.org)

Re: moo

(Anonymous)
derrr, the first paragraph should have said:
Formal training is bunk. You probably already know what qualities make a good teacher. Simply follow those and you should be fine. Dominant educational theory is highly ineffective in producing independent thinkers. [insert more generalizations in rant style without citation here]

Note to self, don't use < or > in livejournal comments.

--TC (http://www.aypwip.org)

hi there

(Anonymous)
what is up. i also want to be a teacher, but for elementary only. high school i never liked and wish to never go back. and i hate math!!! unlike you ofcourse, but listen,kids now a days are changing quickly and i have noticed that some just don't care too much about anything really.

as for me i am in college and i still hate math, and i have had some great teachers these last two semesters. i don't know why i am writing this. let's just say i am sure you are a good teacher- or you will be one day. did you watch prof. wong's tapes i think that is his name. he says to always have something on the board for students to do when they come in and stuff. listen if you had the kids in the beg. things would def. be different! Good luck with your teaching career, maybe you can tutor me sometime. Later!:) hokypoky1@cs.com

Gaby
Fullerton J.C.
Future Job:Elementary Teacher
19, Anaheim, CA

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